Sporting fields on Council’s agenda

Buying land for sporting fields is on the agenda for Redland City Council’s next general meeting on Wednesday 24 May 2017. Many items for discussion at this meeting are scheduled for discussion in closed session, without media or the public present. Closed session items are: Funding options for Redland Investment Corporation Oakland Street Development Southern […]

Comments on Walker Group’s Toondah Plans

Comments on Walker Group’s revised plans for constructing 3,600 apartments on dredged Ramsar wetlands next to Toondah Harbour can be submitted to the Federal Government by Thursday 25 May. Presented below are some preliminary comments from Redlands2030 which may assist others in making comments. Details of the project referral Reference Number: 2017/7939 Title of Referral: […]

Federal budget ignores young people

Is this the future for many yYoung people?

The Turnbull Government’s latest budget seems reasonable for many Australians, but one group that seems to have been forgotten is our youth. Young people are increasingly being squeezed out of Australian society due to increasing education and housing costs and diminishing employment opportunities. Housing prices No fundamental reform on negative gearing sets the housing prospects […]

Councillors should discuss Toondah revamp

Obvious problems with Walker Group’s Toondah Harbour project should be discussed publicly by Redland City councillors as a matter of urgency. Councillors should also be discussing, in public at a general meeting, Walker Group’s lack of progress with the Weinam Creek Priority Development Area. Plans for a large dredging and apartment construction project in the […]

Toondah Project environmental assessment

New plans for dredging and land reclamation for development of the Toondah Harbour area have been referred by Walker Group to the Federal Government for consideration of environmental impacts. Members of the public can review the information that Walker Group has included in its referral and make comments to the Federal Government no later than […]

Shoreline and Teak Lane on Council agenda

Stage 1 of the Shoreline housing project and the Teak Lane appeal are among issues on the agenda for Redland City Council’s general meeting on Wednesday 10 May. Councillors will also be asked to delegate the CEO authority to approve an $8.5 million contract for cleaning of Council facilities. News from the previous council meeting […]

Improving Redland City Council governance

People regularly express concern about the way they are governed but in Australia there is a noticable decline in trust of government and other institutions. It seems that many vested interests have become very successful at influencing governments to make decisions which yield private benefits rather than being in the public interest. But ordinary citizens […]

Councillor Gleeson’s inappropriate conduct

Redland City Councillor Paul Gleeson (Division 9) has again been reprimanded for his inappropriate social media usage. A Redlands resident submitted a complaint to Redland City Council in response to Cr Gleeson’s comments on the Redlands2030 Facebook page earlier this year. The complainant was recently advised that the Mayor determined Cr Gleeson’s comments to have […]

Game of Mates: How favours bleed the nation

Making money by getting favourable land re-zoning decisions is just one example of the Game of Mates, a story about the massive concentration of wealth in Australia in recent decades and ways to control it. Many examples in this story come from Queensland where authors Dr Cameron Murray and Prof Paul Frijters have studied the […]

Objections to Springwood electorate boundaries

Proposed new electorate boundaries for the state seat of Springwood have proved unpopular with Redlands and Logan residents who say that their community connections have been ignored by the Queensland Redistribution Commission. Redlands residents living in Mt Cotton and Sheldon want to be included in a seat based on part of the Redland City local […]

Council refuses extension for chicken poo plant

Redland City Council meeting on 22 March The meeting was chaired by Deputy Mayor Wendy Boglary with Mayor Karen Williams absent, attending the SEQ Council of Mayors delegation in Canberra. Here are links to the meeting minutes and Council’s video recording of the meeting. Donald Simpson Community Centre Funding Agreement Early in the meeting there […]

Political donations and council election probes

Queensland’s anti-corruption fighter the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) is still investigating issues relating to the 2016 local government election held 12 months ago on 19 March 2016. The Gold Coast City Council was the initial focus of attention with a CCC inquiry announced on 5 September 2016 after 60 reports about political donations published […]

Chicken poo power on Council agenda

On Wednesday Redland City Council will consider yet another request for more time to develop a chicken poo fuelled power station next to Darwhalla’s Golden Cockerel abbatoir in Mt Cotton. The decade old application for a chicken poo incinerator at Mt Cotton was approved on appeal to the Land and Environment Court, the approval was […]

Council drags heels responding to Ombudsman

An investigation into Redland City Council’s unreasonable threat of defamation action against two city residents is yet to be resolved. The Ombudsman published The Redland City Council Defamation Report over two months ago, on 5 January 2017. Redland City Council’s Mayor, CEO and General Counsel were each given an opportunity to respond to the Ombudsman’s […]

City Plan approved with ‘surprise’ amendment

A raft of changes to the draft Redland City Plan were approved at a special meeting of Redland City Council on Tuesday 28 February. During the meeting Mayor Karen Williams talked often about the eighty twenty rule without ever explaining what it meant. Following a significant amendment which ensured that tree clearing in rural areas […]